European Spallation Source (ESS), Lund, Sweden
The European Spallation Source is currently one of Europe’s largest active infrastructure projects (£2billion). When completed, ESS will be a state of the art Scientific research facility providing the world’s most powerful neuron source. ESS will use a proton accelerator to generate the world’s most powerful beams of neutrons, which will be used to study the fine structure of materials. Instead of a nuclear reactor, ESS will use a proton beam colliding with a metallic target to produce the neutrons—a process known as spallation.
The research conducted at ESS will contribute to major advances in biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, material research and renewable energy. The first experiments are expected to begin in 2023.
The US currently has the brightest source of neutrons in the world at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. When completed, ESS is expected to be five times as powerful.
ESS is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden.
Strata Construction Planning management for ESS:
- Delivery of 22 buildings, including a 600 metre linear accelerator tunnel
- 12,000 square metre target station
- Over 20,000 square metres of experimental halls and laboratory buildings
- Coordination of interface and access dates for five separate client divisions: target division, neutron scattering system, accelerator division and integrated control systems
- Programme: 2014 – due to complete in December 2019
- Main Contractor – Skanska